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A while back DeOscarize.com experienced your passionate agreement with my premise that Richard Burton
deserved the NEW Best Actor award 1966 for his performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf just as his wife Elizabeth Taylor
deserved her actual Academy Award for Best Actress 1966 for her performance in the same movie. I mentioned in passing then that I felt her other award for her performance in Butterfield 8,
a trashy, lurid melodrama, was ill deserved and has not stood well the test of time, nor has the film for that matter. Now, please consider the other nominees for Best Actress 1960.
Tell me their performances in these excellent films did not measure up to Elizabeth Taylor, if not surpassed. I think not. Consider, if you will Deborah Kerr. By the time of her last Academy Award nomination in 1960 for her wonderful performance in the Sundowners, Deborah Kerr had already been nominated five times previously for these movies. In fact Deborah Kerr HAS THE MOST BEST ACTRESS NOMINATIONS IN ACADEMY HISTORY.
Like Richard Burton who also got unfairly snubbed by the Academy, Deborah Kerr was nominated Best Actress three years in a row and still got robbed especially in 1960 when she was denied an award for her performance in The Sundowners.
When she connects with that woman on the train as she realizes how distant their worlds are, that is a piece of film acting seldom matched, especially in 1960. By the way, even Deborah Kerr once declared that she felt she got robbed for losing to Elizabeth Taylor in 1960. However, there is a reason why Elizabeth Taylor won her Best Actress Award in 1960. It was the Hollywood community trying to atone for its heartless abandonment of one of their own when she became THE OTHER WOMAN
and then almost died with a serious bout of pneumonia and an emergency tracheotomy. But wait a minute should cinematic immortality be bestowed for such a shallow reason? The answer when dealing with the Hollywood community is that nothing is too shallow. So with five nominations and no wins, what did the Academy have against Deborah Kerr?
There were many in the Hollywood movie community who resented Deborah Kerr for the stories they heard about her inappropriate relations with almost every one of her leading men.
Also, she was publicly dismissive of the Hollywood community from time to time, check out her appearance on What’s My Line. In addition, she created some enemies when she blew the whistle on the producers of The King and I by revealing the existence of Marni Nixon,
who provided the singing voice of her character in that film. Sexual appetites, combined with refreshing honesty should not deny anyone the immortality that a Best Actress Academy Award offers a film artist. So you are here at DeOscarize.com to affirm or deny my decision to DeOscarize Elizabeth Taylor; a decision I believe Elizabeth Taylor
would probably not dispute, in order to make
Deborah Kerr the NEW Best Actress 1960 for her dazzling performance in The Sundowners. There that’s better I feel cinematic justice has been done to a deserving film artist.
Providing merited immortality unfairly denied by a somewhat and sometimes fickle film community. And if you’re at all familiar with DeOscarize.com as I hope you will be, giving credit where credit has long been overdue is really what DeOscarize.com is all about. Anyone who tells you differently doesn’t know what they’re talking about but then, there’s a lot of that goin’ around these days.
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Elizabeth Taylor. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Elizabeth Taylor for? Let’s discuss it.
Pick a year! Pick a category! Pick a Nominee! Name your own Nominee!
It’s Your Choice! It’s Your Universe!
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